Celebrate Constitution Day with USC
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
— Preamble to the Constitution of the United States
In 2004, Congress passed legislation establishing Constitution and Citizenship Day, a federal holiday commemorating the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. USC invites you to join the entire Trojan Family in observing the 226th anniversary of this historic event. Learn more about the Constitution and celebrate its legacy by taking a look at the issues facing the U.S. Supreme Court.
The USC Gould School of Law will present the sixth annual “U.S. Supreme Court: A Preview,” featuring former Solicitor General Gregory Garre, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu and Rebecca Brown, USC Newton Professor of Constitutional Law.
The program is co-sponsored by USC Gould and the student chapters of the American Constitution Society and The Federalist Society. The symposium, moderated by USC Provost and law Professor Elizabeth Garrett, will take place at USC’s Town & Gown on Sept. 24 at 5 p.m., with a reception afterward.
Panelists will discuss and debate the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term, which will begin Oct. 7. They will look at the dynamics of the Supreme Court, upcoming cases and the end to the term.
USC Gould, a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider, certifies that this activity qualifies for a minimum continuing legal education credit in the amount of 2 hours. To RSVP, visit USC Gould’s event page or call (213) 740-3841.
Background on the U.S. Constitution
On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution, forging a new government for the United States of America.
The result of months of strenuous debate over the structure and powers of a new federal government, the U.S. Constitution is a testament to cooperative statesmanship and the art of politics. In fact, in his proclamation creating the first national Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, George Washington noted that the holiday should be a time for the people of the United States to give thanks, among other things, for “the peaceable and rational manner” in which the Constitution had been established.
Since the Bill of Rights was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the U.S. Constitution has been amended only 16 times. Providing an intricate system of checks and balances among the various branches and levels of government, and assuring the basic individual liberties that are essential to a free and democratic society, this remarkable document has proved extraordinarily adaptable to the needs of a changing society. It has also served as an inspiration and a model for other countries around the world.
The National Archives has posted a variety of materials about the Constitution available through these links: